Researchers got a taste of high-speed networks of the future recently at SC11. Using SSDs and an innovative network configuration , the NASA Goddard team demo transferred data at unprecedented data rates between a computer workstation at Goddard and the various booths at SC11
Last year, at Supercomputing 2010, the team demonstrated disk-to-disk transfers up to 30 Gbps. This year they doubled it to 60 Gbps, transferring data between the NASA booth in Seattle and the workstation at Goddard. The top-speed disk-to-disk demo this year transferred data between two booths in Seattle at 72 Gbps (9 GB per second). That is equivalent to a Blu-ray movie download every 3 seconds.
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